Drought-Resistant Designs For Your Yard

Earlier this month California Governor Jerry Brown took the historic step of putting in place mandatory water reductions on Californians in an effort to minimize the effects of the state’s drought.

The measure tasks water supply agencies with reducing their water usage by 25 percent in most areas. For Orange County residents, the most notable changes will come in the amount of water allotted for watering lawns and yard maintenance.

Depending on where you live in Orange County, your local water department may be considering even more dramatic reductions.

Areas like Newport Beach, East Orange and Yorba Linda are expected to see cuts of up to 35 percent while areas like Costa Mesa, Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach and Irvine may see only a 10 percent reduction. Orange County residents can check out an interactive map of their expected water supply percentage cuts here.

If you still want your yard to still look attractive, in spite of water restrictions, there are a number of measures you can take when updating your yard to make it more drought-tolerant.

Decorate with drought tolerant plants

Choosing drought tolerant plants will help keep your yard filled with color throughout the warmer spring and summer months, without requiring much water. Want a pretty pink bloom in your yard? Try planting a drought tolerant plant like the Mesa Bushmallow. There are also a number of different drought resistant grasses, such as Deergrass, that can add texture to your yard.

Deck out your yard

Can’t stand the sight of a brown lawn from lack of watering? Why not replace it with a large deck or patio? Instead of a lawn, building a wooden deck or putting down paver stones can create a homey and water-saving gathering area with patio furniture and a fire pit. Call your local Orange county handyman to help prepare the area with any patio furniture repair needs you may have. A local handyman can also help find deck contractors or provide deck repair services.

Use gravel

Creating a meandering gravel path in your front yard can add a lot of curb appeal to your home without adding any need for extra water. Add bits of color along the path by planting attractive succulents like Hen and Chicks.

Edible Herb Garden

Many gardens require large amounts of water to flourish in Southern California’s warm climate, however, there are water saving items that you can use. Herbs like rosemary, thyme, oregano and sage can all flourish using very little water. They also have the added benefit of tasting great in prepared dishes.

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